1869 in sports

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Years in sports: 1866 1867 1868 1869 1870 1871 1872
Centuries: 18th century · 19th century · 20th century
Decades: 1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s
Years: 1866 1867 1868 1869 1870 1871 1872

1869 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

American football[edit]

College championship


Association football[edit]


  • It is about this time that tactics first become evident in football with the designation of positions to appropriate players. Fullbacks are recognised as distinct from forwards and halfbacks begin to emerge in a sort of "midfield role". Forwards, however, still play in a pack to support the man in possession. Dribbling is the key skill but there remains no sign of a passing game to use the full width of the field. Scottish club Queen's Park is the first team to use a passing game a few years later.


  • Formation of Kilmarnock, the oldest professional club in Scotland and the second oldest club in the Scottish League after Queen's Park


National championship


  • The NABBP permits professional clubs at its December 1868 meeting. Openly there are twelve pro teams in the field.
  • The original Cincinnati Red Stockings sign baseball's first all-professional team, ten men including player–manager Harry Wright on salary for eight months.
  • Cincinnati tours from Boston to San Francisco and completes the season without defeat in at least 57 games. The entourage includes a local newspaper reporter. Continental tours do not fit the established method of determining a champion, which has limited credibility.



  • 15 June — Mike McCoole defeats British challenger Tom Allen on a ninth round disqualification near St. Louis, Missouri. McCoole continues to claim the disputed American Championship but his main rival Jimmy Elliott is inactive this year.[1][2]
  • Future champion Allen is the most active fighter in 1869. Besides losing to McCoole, he defeats Bill Davis in the 43rd round; and has two fights against Charley Gallagher, losing the first in the second round and drawing the rematch. Meanwhile, the last English Champion Jem Mace is touring America and giving sparring exhibitions only.[3]



  • The demise of the original Cambridgeshire County Cricket Club, which had played first-class cricket since 1819. A team called Cambridgeshire will be formed to play in two specially arranged matches, one in 1869 v. Yorkshire and one in 1871 v. Surrey. After that, Cambridgeshire will cease to be a first-class team.



Major tournaments

Horse racing[edit]







The Boat Race

Rugby football[edit]



  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jimmy Elliott. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Mike McCoole. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jem Mace. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.